Report Provides Educators with Strategies for 'Deeper Learning'

Instructional Practices for Deeper Learning: Lessons for Educators

NEW YORK, May 17, 2017 – The Center for Global Education at Asia Society published a new report today examining the instructional practices for “deeper learning” in districts and schools participating in the OECD Test for Schools and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Deeper learning, according to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, refers to “mastering rigorous academic content, learning how to think critically and solve problems, working collaboratively, communicating effectively, directing one’s own learning, and developing an academic mindset.”

Published by the Center for Global Education in partnership with America Achieves and with research by Policy Studies Associates, Instructional Practices for Deeper Learning: Lessons for Educators documents site visits to high schools in four school districts in the United States and Canada to learn about the instructional practices and strategies taken by educators to promote the deeper learning competencies addressed by the assessments.

The report provides practitioners with concrete strategies and practices for supporting instructional improvement efforts. It focuses on three main questions:

  • What can system-level leaders do to promote instruction focused on deeper learning?
  • What can school leaders do to support instructional practices?
  • What can teachers do to improve instructional practices?

Each question explores what educators at each level of an education system can do to improve instructional practices for deeper learning. One finding linked successful instruction to teaching for global competence: by incorporating local and global perspectives into instruction, teachers can better differentiate instruction and offer flexibility for all learners.

America Achieves and Asia Society support school systems in their efforts to improve performance. Asia Society’s Center for Global Education partners with schools and school systems to promote the incorporation of global education into policy and practice. The Global Cities Education Network (GCEN), for example, convenes city and education system leaders from the Asia-Pacific region and North America to share promising practices for addressing system-wide challenges in education. America Achieves facilitates the Global Learning Network (GLN), a professional learning community for school and district leaders from world-leading schools that are committed to improving education within their own systems and beyond based on shared best practices.

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